(First Epistle of Peter in the 1407 Latin Bible on display in Malmesbury Abbey, Wiltshire, England. Picture taken by Adrian Pingstone in February 2005 )

“The Bible” is getting a sequel.

U.S. television network NBC said on Monday that it will produce a follow-up to the History Channel’s popular miniseries “The Bible,” which topped ratings when it premiered in March.

The sequel, which does not have an expected air or production date, has the working title “A.D.: Beyond the Bible,” picks up in the time following Jesus Christ’s death.

It is the first announced project of Comcast Corp-owned NBC’s long-from programming initiative.

The History Channel’s miniseries drew strong ratings for a cable program. It averaged 11.4 million viewers over its 10 episodes and its March 3 premiere episode was watched by 13.1 million, which beat all broadcast TV programs on that day.